Advocacy Blog

  • The Evolving Job Description of a Government CIO

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    In recent years, we have seen a growing trend of state CIOs serving as a broker of services as opposed to owning and providing the service themselves. This has involved a significant culture shift and a commitment to systems integration. Arizona has been a leader in this regard. In this final panel at the 2017 State Tech Summit, we learn what this shifting model has meant for government proficiency to meet constituent needs.
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  • Inspiring Tech Careers and Innovation

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    The keynote speaker for the 2017 State Tech Summit was Dr. Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise, and Chief Research and Innovation Officer, Arizona State University, discussed the ingredients needed to build a talent pipeline for the 21st century economy.
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  • Is Arizona the “Next Detroit” for Autonomous Vehicles?

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    At the 2017 State Tech Summit, autonomous vehicles took center stage. The panel looked at why Arizona is leading the way in the race to attract the self-driving car industry, and how industry and policymakers can work together at the state and federal levels on autonomous vehicle legislation.
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  • A Look at the 2017-2018 Gubernatorial Races

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    Our third panel at the 2017 CompTIA State Tech Summit examined the 2017-2018 gubernatorial races. Currently, 34 states have Republican Governors at the helm while there are 15 Democratic Governors, and one Independent. However, over the next 13 months, 38 states are scheduled to hold elections for their chief executive, and the stakes are certainly high for we as citizens as well as representatives of the technology industry.
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  • Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    The 2017 CompTIA State Tech Summit featured an engaged second panel conversation on Internet of Things (IoT) data collection, storage, usage and most importantly consumer trust.
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  • Arizona’s Position as an Innovation Hub

    by Lana Sansur | Oct 17, 2017
    The 2017 CompTIA State Tech Summit kicked off in Scottsdale, AZ with a great presentation from Randy Gustafson, vice president of innovation at the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA). He began by describing the organization’s mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA is using a three-pronged approach to advance the state’s overall economy: recruit, grow, and create.
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  • CompTIA’s National State Government Affairs Committee Meets at the CompTIA State Tech Summit Last Week

    by Kara Bush | Oct 17, 2017
    The CompTIA National State Government Affairs (SGA) Committee met October 11th in Scottsdale, AZ during our annual State Tech Summit to discuss CompTIA’s policy priorities for 2018. Prior to the meeting, each policy committee was tasked with reviewing and updating CompTIA’s policy positions as they relate to education and workforce, environment, privacy, procurement, and taxation.
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  • Retreat from Globalization? Observations from the 2017 World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings

    by Stefanie Holland and Lukas Juergensmeier | Oct 17, 2017
    If one is following trade politics in the United States., one might be under the impression the degree of globalization we have become accustomed to is on a decline. The Trump Administration pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and threatens to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Will other countries follow the U.S. in rethinking the way trade of goods and services supports the economy?
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  • Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Passes the Senate Commerce Committee, Full Senate Vote Next

    by David Logsdon | Oct 10, 2017
    On Wednesday, October 4th, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee passed legislation that paved the way for fast tracking the autonomous vehicle industry. The American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act aims to clarify the role of both federal and state government in the autonomous vehicle ecosystem.
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  • Technology Councils Across U.S Write in Support of NAFTA, Modernization

    by Stefanie Holland | Oct 06, 2017
    CompTIA, the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), and our State Technology Council Alliance Partners, this week sent letters to Congress and the Administration to voice strong, unified support for NAFTA and provide recommendations for the NAFTA modernization.
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  • Global Startup Accelerator MassChallenge Expanding in Texas

    by Sarah Matz | Oct 02, 2017
    MassChallenge, a global network of startup accelerators, announced last week its newest program in Texas. Through an Austin-based accelerator and statewide programming, MassChallenge Texas will accelerate up to 100 high impact, high potential companies, which will compete for up to $500,000 in equity-free cash awards.
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  • CompTIA Space Enterprise Council Sponsors the Women in Aerospace “AEROSPACE 2017 CONFERENCE SERIES - WHAT SPACE LAUNCH ENABLES: MARKETS SHAPING THE LAUNCH BUSINESS”

    by David Logsdon | Sep 28, 2017
    Launch manufacturers and providers not only must deal with changing technology and competitive global economies that are driving down the cost of launch systems, but the variety of spacecraft users and their needs are also dramatically changing. Enormous rockets for planetary exploration are not just being developed by governments, but commercial visionaries are investing and inspiring adherents.
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  • CompTIA Submits Statement for the Record: House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water and Energy hearing “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Water Stakeholder’s Perspectives

    by David Logsdon | Sep 28, 2017
    On September 26th, The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Water Stakeholders’ Perspectives”.
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  • Tax Reform Framework Released

    by Geoff Lane | Sep 28, 2017
    This week, key Republican policymakers in Washington unveiled a framework outlining their proposed tax reform goals. While the framework is light on details – this isn’t legislative text, after all – it does provide some insight into what the bill’s writers are thinking. For instance, on corporate reforms the framework would lower the tax rate on corporations to 20%, and tax passthroughs at 25%. It would allow businesses to “write off” or expense investment costs – so long as those investments aren’t structures – for at least five years.
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  • CompTIA Hosts Successful NCSL 2017 Jobs Summit at Headquarters

    by Kara Bush | Sep 27, 2017
    On Tuesday, September 19th, CompTIA hosted the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for their 2017 Jobs Summit at headquarters in Downers Grove, IL. With over 65 legislators and staff in attendance from across the nation, CompTIA share insight about the tech industry as well as the great work and engagement by our member companies.
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  • The Feds Use Data to Improve Care Through HHS Agency

    by Jennifer Saha | Sep 26, 2017
    CompTIA’s Human Services IT Advisory Group (HSITAG) met with officials from the Administration for Children, Youth and Families and the federal Health and Human Services Agency on Sept. 21st to discuss how the agency is using data to help deliver better customer service and care to citizens.
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  • CompTIA to Host Trade Event on Capitol Hill

    by Stefanie Holland | Sep 19, 2017
    You are invited for a “Trade Talk on Tech” hosted by CompTIA and Women in International Trade (WIIT). Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, who is in his final term, will offer keynote remarks. Panels of industry and government officials will follow, with remarks to focus on the top digital trade issues of the day including, the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the bilateral relationship with China, among other hot trade topics. Lunch will be provided for all participants.
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  • Data Download at CompTIA September 12th Event

    by Alexi Madon | Sep 18, 2017
    On Sept 12, CompTIA held a signature event in Chicago at mHub titled “Data Download: Understanding Data Policy”. Our first panel titled “Advertising Adventures” discussed how data is used for advertising, how users can control what is used, and why keeping a free and open internet is so vital. Among the panel speakers, Sheila Colclasure, chief privacy officer of Acxiom was very helpful in laying out that trust is necessary in order for companies to continue using consumer data in a helpful and thoughtful way.
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  • New Department of Commerce Officials Address Export Advisory Committee

    by Ken Montgomery | Sep 13, 2017
    On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, U.S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary for Industry and Security, Mira Ricardel and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, Rich Ashooh addressed the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee (RPTAC). The RPTAC which includes several CompTIA members advises the Department of Commerce on technical parameters for export controls applicable to dual-use commodities and technology and on the administration of those controls.
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  • Illinois Student Data Privacy Bill Signed

    by Alexi Madon | Sep 05, 2017
    On August 24, 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1796, the student data privacy bill. Thanks to years of hard work Senator Michael Hastings brought together a working group including technology providers, school districts, and associated organizations to work on this important legislation that protects the data created by students in the classroom.
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